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Shortcuts

Shortcuts are small files (with the extension .LNK) that "point" to other files, folders, and programs. When you open a shortcut, the object to which it points opens. This allows you to store objects in an appropriate place in the hierarchy of folders, but access them from another location, usually the Desktop or the Start Menu. So, for example, the Calculator program is stored in the Windows folder. It might just as easily be stored in some folder several layers deep. That might be the best place to keep it so that your computer is properly organized, but it makes it difficult to find when you want to use it. One solution to this problem is to place a shortcut on the Desktop. You can place a shortcut in any folder.

The Desktop itself is actually a folder. The rule is, when you drag a program (application) object to a folder, such as the Desktop, the default action is to create a shortcut. However, when you drag a file or folder to a folder, the default action is to move (if the folder is on the same drive), or copy (if the folder is on a different drive). Since this can get confusing for many people, we suggest that you always right-drag objects, then pick the action you want from the Menu.


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